Monday, November 28, 2011
grateful for fog and things
San Francisco for Thanksgiving. We woke up, all huddled together, studying the fog outside. At home we rarely experience fog. I absolutely love the humidity after living in the desert for 9 years. My skin starts loving the extra moisture around Sacramento and by the time we hit the Bay Bridge, I feel like I'm getting a facial!
Lately I've been reading in The Heart of Learning about expansion and contraction. Here's a little excerpt:
"Expansion and contraction are primal forces that influence every aspect of life. They are visible in the cycle of the year, the rhythm of the day and night, and the phases of the moon. They can be seen in the growth of the plants and the instinctive activity of wild animals. We can observe their operation several times within the span of a minute, or watch them move gradually over the course of a lifetime."
"Learning how to work with these powerful opposing forces is important for every parent. If we are to work effectively with our children, we must be able to understand and encompass both these polarities."
So, you see these ideas of contracting and expanding are powerful and necessary parts to rhythm that we should understand with regard to our children. I've been spending most of my time thinking about this idea and it's been pretty eye opening. I've been able to solve conflicts with my children just by feeling where they are and where I can direct them to. Simply put, we either are too expanded or too much in our head and need to work toward the opposite polarity. Pretty cool parenting tool!
Change has always been hard for me since I'm a very sensitive person. I have to remember this during this transitional time between summer and winter (which I believe is contracting but let me know if I'm wrong!).
Back to Thanksgiving though. We had a great time. We spent time with family. We ate some delicious food. That's all that matters right? Oh yeah, and we also took Zephyr for his first walk on the beach. We played games like dominoes with tape cases and this fun game.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! I'm grateful for so many things. It's humbling. xo